How to install on OSX

Install lighttpd using homebrew:

  1. Make sure you have Xcode's command line tools installed, if not run
    xcode-select --install
    from the command line
  1. Install homebrew by running
    /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
    from command line.
  1. Make sure homebrew is up to date by running
    brew update
    from command line.
  1. Now install lighttpd with
    brew install lighttpd
    from command line.

Upon completion homebrew will let you know the following important information:

Docroot is: /usr/local/var/www

The default port has been set in /usr/local/etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf to 8080 so that
lighttpd can run without sudo.

To have launchd start lighttpd now and restart at login:
brew services start lighttpd
Or, if you don't want/need a background service you can just run:
lighttpd -f /usr/local/etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf


older instructions:

A small article on how to get 1.3.10 up and running on OSX 10.3 can be found here:

If you installing on OSX 10.4 Tiger then is very helpful. If you aren't planning to use Rails scroll down to the section on LightTPD.

There is (since May 2005) a fink package on the download page which saves compiling lighttpd.

If you are looking for an installer for OSX 10.4 Tiger Intel or PowerPC then is the easiest way.

Updated by sdmeyers 5 months ago · 9 revisions